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EVERYBODY NEEDS A HIDEAWAY
Author: Dean Bennett
Publisher: NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK, Sep 2004
A charming story about the universal allure of a tree house in the forest, & a dog to share it with. Ages 5 & up; 10x8 inches, 32 pgs.
"Somewhere hidden in the woods of western Maine, there is a very special tree--a hideaway tree--in a secret place where a boy and his dog like to be." So begins the charming story of Ben, a golden retriever named Boo Dog, and the creatures that share the forest & marsh beneath Ben's tree house. From a vantage point high above the ground, young readers will watch birds--the chickadee, flicker, crow, and grouse--and mammals, including the beaver & red squirrel. Best of all is a big bull moose that decides to bed down right at the base of Ben and Boo Dog's tree!
Dean's soft, textured illustrations beautifully enhance his story, which is based on his own childhood experiences.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dean Bennett, a professor at the University of Maine at Farmington, has written extensively on subjects related to nature. Since the late l960s, he has specialized in environmental and science education, work for which he has won several awards. He is the author of 3 previous Down East books: Maine's Natural Heritage: Rare Species & Unique Natural Features; Allagash: Maine's Wild & Scenic River; & The Forgotten Nature of New England. Everyone Needs a Hideaway is Dean's first children's book, but it will soon be followed by a second, Finding a Friend in the Forest. Dean Bennett and his family live in Mount Vernon, Maine.